Thursday , 21 February 2019

Revisiting May 68 : The Myth and the Debate

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Date(s) - 04/05/2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

M L Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Delhi


Revisiting MAY 68

Talk: The Myth & The Debate

Panelists: Sachin Dhawan, Ashish Nandy, Ramin Jahanbegloo,

Come Carpentier de Gourdon, and Dilip Simeon

About: If new memories of 1968 have begun to surface in France and in the world in recent years, then it is certainly due in part to the historical significance of this event for the younger generations of rebels and dissenters around the globe. The subversive potential of the movement lay in the way it created something like a chain reaction across the entire intellectual, artistic and political domains and opened the door to new sociological and philosophical interpretations of the 20th century. One way or another, 50 years later, May 68 is still of a great interest, not only to those who lived it, but also to many who rightly think that it has something to offer as we reflect on current social and political developments in France, Europe, America and South Asia. Yet, it may be that for many French citizens, who lived the event itself, or the Indians who were influenced by it from afar, May 68 does not offer, an easily agreed upon narrative. Even if the riddle of May 68 remains unsolved, utopia is always present and possible. Its form and shape will be different from what was experienced in May 68 in France, but politics as the power of imagination can prevail.

To discuss the relevance of May 68 and its impact on Indian intellectual and artistic world and related questions join, founder and animator of Agora at Jindal Global University, Sachin Dhawan, for a lively discussion with Ashish Nandy (political psychologist, social theorist)Ramin Jahanbegloo (Director Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace at Jindal Global University)Come Carpentier de Gourdon (Writer- Editor of The World Affairs), and Dilip Simeon (Author and Historian).



• Seating based on first come first serve.
• Right of admission reserved.